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On Sunday, amid great secrecy, 200 or so of America's wealthiest and most powerful individuals from the worlds of finance, big business and right-wing politics will gather for a summit near Palm Springs, California, to discus how they will influence future elections. Down the road an anti-Koch gathering will take place with Robert Reich among the panel speakers. Reich believes the Koch's represent what he calls a perfect storm that is battering American democracy.

David H. Koch of  Koch Industries, 08/30/10. (photo: Richard Schulman/Corbis)
David H. Koch of Koch Industries, 08/30/10. (photo: Richard Schulman/Corbis)

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+28 # X Dane 2011-01-29 00:45
What an unholy bunch, and the ones mentioned are only the tip of the iceberg.

How wil we ever get a decent, funtioning country when rich crooks like the Koch brothers and their co-conspirators can buy any senator and congress person they want, and have them write the laws to bemefit THEM.

They don't give a damn if they pollute our air and water, as long as they make money, lots of money.

We are in deep, deep trouble since they also own the Supreme court
 
 
+21 # Gringaryan 2011-01-29 08:56
Yup, it is the Robber Barons all over again. Will we learn to hold these guys (who are willing to stand on the backs of the rest of us) accountable? It is not about unfair regulation and it is all about accountablity and justice. Raise their taxes and close the loopholes for a start.
 
 
+31 # LeeBlack 2011-01-29 01:14
It's up to us to support Common Cause and other groups who are trying to end the secrecy and to make these obscenities public.
 
 
+21 # Doris Vick 2011-01-29 01:43
Sing of arms and dubious heroes - of deals made behind closed door. Of secrets and leaks, while American wealthiest speaks and sneaks, but who will be minding the store? Enough of big business & rightwing-adven ture. Don't blame Obama for the intricate mess. Just muster the culprits on Deck.
 
 
+16 # Texas Aggie 2011-01-29 10:36
It's funny that with the example of what is happening in Egypt right now, these guys push the very same agenda that caused the problem there, neglect of the general population with all the benefits going to the top elites. Do they REALLY think that there won't be blowback to their detriment?
 
 
+11 # HowardMH 2011-01-29 11:24
Maybe it is time the Lemming in the US did what is going on in Egypt. Nooo the Lemmings in the US are too stupid to even realize there is a problem yet, but even they will get it soon. When one Hedge Fund Manager can make over $5 BILLION and at the MOST only pay 15% TAXES - you think maybe there might be just a little problem with the US Tax Code?
 
 
+9 # PGreen 2011-01-29 12:05
The Rancho Mirage resort bunch: they are a hard group for me to understand since their ethos runs so counter to that of my own. I can only gather that they act out of an attitude of antagonism which compels them to protect their privileged status (and wealth) by any means necessary. I don't think that equality or democracy are values that they take seriously, except as can be used to their advantage.
 
 
+6 # AML 2011-01-29 14:13
One of the aims not mentioned is the white supremacy theme that pervades any move made by the Koch brothers. Their dad was one of the founders and financiers of the John Birch Society. I love that moniker, 'society'. Sounds charming, and so civilized.....
 
 
0 # Edgar Nelson 2011-01-29 20:59
What is left for them to take over or control?
I thought they had it all already.
 
 
+2 # AML 2011-01-31 15:00
Until the Citizens United case, it wasn't legal. Say good-bye to your vote.
 
 
+6 # giraffe 2011-01-30 00:29
The United States Supreme Court's decision to allow these corporations to contributed as an individual should give us all PAUSE to ask them what about our LIBERTY guaranteed by the CONSTITUTION.

IT'S ONE OR THE OTHER JUSTICE SCALIA. Either you rule for the BIG $$ and against my LIBERTY as constitutional or the other way? What is it to be for now the survival of the USA (maybe the world) depends on which is constitutional?

I KNOW my liberty is guaranteed by the constitutional. Do you really think those who wrote those words intended YOU to rule a bunch of big money is an individual? Don't think so.

YOU should step down as a Justice of the United States Supreme Court -- You think you can do that at least? Let Freedom RING -- but it can't with Justices such as Scalia and Thomas (although Thomas is just a second vote for whatever Scalia wants)
 
 
+4 # granny 2011-01-30 08:35
And we criticize so-called "third-world countries" and "banana republics" for their "corruption"? Come on, Brothers Koch and all your wealthy thugs! You are as bad as any, from Amin to Sadam.
And anyone who denies that is either stupid or already bought and bossed.
 
 
+4 # Lesabre 2011-01-30 09:34
Just imagine that representatives for low wage workers were meeting at the Resort with Union organizers. These Billionaires would have fit and began launching an all out attack and crying foul. Only by joining the Workers Of The World Union can we stop the Robber Barons from taking control. Voting for liberal politicians is just not working.
 
 
0 # Jenni 2011-01-31 15:13
There is diminishing public space in the U.S. where to hold demonstrations effectively but how about organizing a public strike? All progressive, left-leaning organizations could get together and craft a united message against the increasing influence of corporate power and underline this message by getting masses of people to not show up at work. That is the real power "common" people have: show the bosses who really matter. Them and their investors can clock in at the assemblyline to cover the shifts and see what really makes the company succeed. There was a bakers' strike in my country a while back and it was fun to look at pictures of bosses covering shifts, wearing those funny hats and covered in flour.
 

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